Analyzing Wheel Blast Equipment: What to Use and When

Wheel blasting equipment cleans and prepares surfaces for painting, and it comes in several different forms. The four main varieties of equipment include tumble blasts, spinner hangers, gravity roller conveyors, and wire mesh belts.

Each type of wheel blast equipment benefits a different situation. Understanding the best wheel blaster for your needs will result in more efficient processes on your next project. Below, we describe the four main ways facilities carry out wheel blasting.

Types of Wheel Blast Equipment and When to Use Them

Tumble Blasts

Tumble blast machines gently clean sensitive parts by tumbling them in a blast chamber made from an infinite rubber mill belt. They provide a cost-effective way to deflash, descale, and deburr batches of automotive parts, forgings, and aluminum die and metal castings.

Workers can automate tumble blast machines with takeaway conveyors and loading systems, and these machines can clean stamped or die-cast parts in three to four minutes.

Spinner Hangers

Spinner hangers blast batches of fragile or irregularly shaped parts that aren’t compatible with other automated finishing methods. These machines improve the efficiency and quality of the cleaning, peening, prepping, and finishing processes for workpieces able to be mounted on hooks. The capacity of these hangers normally ranges from 125 to 2,000 lbs. Spinner hangers commonly work with:

  • Die-cast parts
  • Medium or large parts
  • External finishing
  • Sand removal

Whether you use them nonstop in a multishift production facility or intermittently, spinner hangers deliver reliable, consistent, high-quality results. These machines always achieve uniform coverage because the spindle rotates the hangers within the operating chamber’s blast envelope.

Gravity Roller Conveyors

Gravity roller conveyors, or non-powered roller conveyors, are the most common and cost-effective way to convey unit loads. Operators mount them at a slight decline angle, allowing them to use gravity to help move the product along. This especially benefits products that need to move long distances. Gravity roller conveyors appear frequently in industries including:

  • Food and beverage
  • Cabinetry and furniture assembly
  • Appliance manufacturing
  • Automotive and aerospace manufacturing
  • Parcel handling
  • Order fulfillment
  • Warehousing and distribution
  • Government military and agency transportation

Wire Mesh Belts

Wire mesh belts often appear in the food industry. These belts benefit high- and low-temperature applications that rely on conveyor belts in corrosive, rigorous, and harsh environments. Wire mesh belts aid in the preparation of:

  • Small- to medium-sized parts
  • Forged and die-cast parts
  • Deflashing
  • Descaling
  • Sand removal
  • General cleaning
  • Deburring

Wheel Blasting at Delong Equipment

Delong Equipment offers a wide array of services including deburring, part cleaning, shot peening, and metal finishing using state-of-the-art wheel blast equipment. Whether you need wheel blasting for large parts, small parts, awkward parts, and high-throughput parts, we’ve got you covered.

If you would like to learn more about our wheel blasting solutions, contact us today.

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